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February 13, 2005 8PM on CBS.

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  Thursday   December 30   2004

William's coming home! William's coming home! Oh yes, oh yes William's coming home!!!!

This is one happy Island here on Whidbey!!!

H O M E ! ! !

Happy New Year -- God /dess bless us, everyone! Peace!!!

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  Wednesday   December 29   2004

A panda walks ino a cafe. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

"Why?" asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. the panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

"I'm a panda," he says at the door. "Look it up."

The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds and explanation.
"Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."

I'm loving this book --check it out!
"Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynne Truss

BTW, she also suggests that we all become "sticklers" and demand good puntuation in chat and emails -- can you imagine returning plue-pencilled spam to folks? oh the humanity!

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  Monday   December 27   2004

Since you asked... the Jan /Feb issue of Best Life had this to offer:

The Fiftysomething Woman

A loving friendship with little conflict and lots of space; to indulge in all the thins she loves; to put herself first. [amen IBID ..zoe]

Contrary to what you might thing, the kind of fiftysomething woman who is chatting up men in bars and restaurants and heading off on pscale singles vacations with her friends is anything but desperate to settle down. "Confident, outgoing, middle-aged women tend to approach sex and dating with a lighthearted, what-the-hell attitude," says Jacobson. "Yes, they'd love to share their life with a wonderful man, but they're also highly independent and able to make themselves happy."

And the know that the healthier and more attractive they are, the more marketable they'll be. "Many of the women I know who are in their 50s are in better shape than women who are 10 years younger, because they have the time and money to devote to taking care of their bodies," Gunther explains. "And the fact that they're living every day to the fullest, instead of worrying about the future gives them a younger, more vital aura."

Quality is definitelly more appealing than quantity at this point in a womwn's life, and a deep , emotional connection in the bedroom is the ultimate goal. "Sex is still as important to me as it has been in the past," says Bernice Haberman, a 55-year-old teacher and guitarist from NYC. "The physical and spiritual aspects are equally improtant now.

What happens outside of the bedroom determines how good or bad it is inside the bedroom." [let me repeat that.. 'What happens outside of the bedroom determines how good or bad it is inside the bedroom.' ..zoe]

If a fiftysomething woman doesn't feel understood or appreciated, she isn't likely to get naked. The more you express how you feel about her and the relationship, the more randy she'll be. [note: this pretty much goes for ANY age! ..zoe] As for adding a spiritual element to sex, don't be intimitated--a litle more eye contact and hand-holding will do the trick just fine.

Be there on the dance floor, at the pool bar sipping a drink, in the audience at a concert, or behind a stove in a cooking class. "Active women want to be with equally active men," says Testani. "Women in their 50s often end up dating men who are in their late 30s or 40s, because that's who they meet when they're out there doing interesting things or attending singles' events."

Once you're there, you won't have to vie for their attention. "Older woment don't have any of the hang-ups about making the first move that women in their 20s and 30s do," says Benson. "They'll walk up to you and introduce themselves, and if you're not responsive, they don't take it personally." As for that shy woman in the corner, try politely asking her out for coffee.

The things she loves: [this deserves repeating -- the things SHE loves ..zoe] her favorite music, restaurants, movies, books, travel destinations--all of the potential things that you could enjoy together in the future. "As you move into the next half of your life, the simple pleasures seem anything but superficial," [Amen ..zoe] says Jacobson.

"You really begin to appreciate them fully for the first time." Work and family are still important to her, but romance [dare to dream? ..zoe] is the one part of her life that she still needs a man to fulfill. A return to the kind of dating conversations you would have had in your 20s is much more of a turn-on than talking career strategy.

The onset of menopause can do a job on a woman's sex drive. [please note, certain Rx can play havoc as well -- what a world, eh? ..zoe] Physically, she's still able to have sex, but psychologically, she may feel less feminine and desirable. The best sex move starts far, far away from your bed . . . on a tropical island.

Take her on a vacation [Yes Yes Yeeessssss! I can feel it now ..zoe] that will rekindle the romance in your relationship--romance that will make her feel young again. Take her dancing, kiss her in a Jacuzzi under the stars, feed her whipped cream and strawberries in bed. [chocolate is goodness too ..zoe] Let her know that she's still all woman to you. When you make love, try not to treat orgasm as the goal. Gaze into her eyes and ust enjoy being emotianally and physically connected.


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  Thursday   December 2   2004

..why does this tickle me so much?

BERLIN (Reuters) - Most German men wear condoms of the wrong size, a condom distributor said on Wednesday, after asking more than 2,500 men to measure their erect penis.

"People measure their feet when they buy shoes. Why shouldn't they measure their penises? A man would not wear children's shoes," said Jan Vinzenz Krause of Vinico, which released the study's findings on World AIDS Day.

Most condom boxes in Germany indicated size but men, due to embarrassment or vanity, rarely checked or just bought those marked "extra large," he said.

Vinico's survey recommended various brands to be used -- depending on the endowment of the wearer.

The study found the average erect penis size was 14.7 cm (5-3/4 inches), with 40 percent of participants reporting lengths between 12 and 15 cm (4-3/4 and 5-7/8 inches).

When compared with the condoms normally used by the participants, the results showed only 18 percent wore the right size, with nearly half squeezing into condoms that were too small and 34 percent trying to use those that were too big.

 10:41 AM - link -    

"walk this way..." Igor [prnounced Eye-gore] from "Young Frankenstien" [pronounced Steen] -- there's more!